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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock - Allgäuer Brauhaus AG

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 121
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-21-2007

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Photo of tapman
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep red/brown, a good 3 finger head subsides to a 1/2 finger lace after 5 minutes or say and stays that way. Head is tan and packed with tiny bubbles. Obviously filtered.

Aroma is malty, but 'malty' malty, like milkshake malt, you dig? European milk chocolate and a minty hop character.

Rich, tangy roast character akin to the 'Guiness twang'. Dark chocolate covered raspberries produce a sweet/bitter combo similar to this beer. Very, very light prune/raisin, but without that inky-quality that makes those flavors chewy. Hops are floral and minty, like a Northernbrewer hop in the Anchor Steam beer, though less extreme. What this beer doesn't have is a lot of DMS or diacytel, those buttery/butterscotch flavors, which make s this offering so damn smooth.

Mouth is like a milkshake after it has melted a little.

Highly drinkable. Not the perfect doppelbock, but it is the perfect doppelbock for RIGHT NOW!

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Photo of JRS
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a random pickup due to pleasant past experiences with doppelbocks.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. A gorgeous mahogany color with a khaki head that disappears to nothing almost instantly. The color is so rich but it loses points on a lack of head.

Smell: It leaps into your nose, toasted malts...caramel, is that some dark fruit? Cherry perhaps. It's a beer that I stuck my nose in and said "Woah!" I couldn't wait for the first sip.

Taste: Those caramel notes follow through to the tongue. It has a nice complexity that keeps you searching for new flavors with each sip. I'm pretty sure I taste some toasted malt and cherry. Either way, pretty damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: This doppelbock loses points here from me. It's a little thin with very light carbonation. It's not an unpleasant mouthfeel, just not exceptional...I like a little more body.

Drinkability: I could easily have another since it tastes so nice. I have a homemade pizza in the oven and it might go nice with the sausage on top.

Overall: A nice beer that I was lucky enough to grab off the shelf. You won't be disappointed it you give it a shot.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle split and poured into a La Chouffe tulip. 7.2% ABV, at least 1.5 years old as it was aged by my friend; thanks for this one Bryan!

A - A slow pour creates nothing more than a thin foam of tan bubbles with low retention. It's incredibly dark mahogany brown, almost black, but totally clear.

S - Rich roasted malts are super potent and strong, mainly comprised of caramel, crystal, and chocolate. Robust and filling just in the aroma, this dopple is strong. No hops present at all.

T - Rich and creamy caramel malt, toasted to perfection, blends with sweet chocolate and crystal malts to provide a sweet but even taste. Again, no hops come through.

M - Clean and smooth with a silky texture and robust, filling body. It goes down nicely and finishes sweet and malts with a minuscule touch of alcohol.

D - Very drinkable and smooth with a small warming quality to the finish. Even with it being mid summer, it's still a drinkable beer. A great dopplebock!

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Photo of Tballz420
4.36/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black bodied brew. Amber hues through the light. Small tan head. The scent is caked with malt. Sweet syrupy with a hint of alcohol nose. Bubblegum. Taste is all over the place. Sticky malts, candy, a bit of smoke, bit of spice as it warms. Mouth is fairly wet and medium bodied. Oohdalolly its dank.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown, almost black with ruby highlights. Modest head is crisp and white. Fading quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit and understated spices.

Taste is initially quite sweet with a smokey caramel malt, and brown sugar presence. Chocolate and slightly tart dark fruit add complexity. Yeasty with plenty of wheat grain. Clove and nutmeg make an appearance, and linger throughout the dry finish. There is only a mild warming alcohol sting.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp finish.

This is an interesting brew. I thought it had aspects similar to a dark Belgian, such as the generous yeast and spices. However, it also had the malty presence and dry finish of a dopplebock. Initially sweet with a clean finish adds to the drinkability. Complex and enjoyable. Pick this one up if you get the chance.

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Photo of justin7742
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased this beer in a 1 Pint, .9 fluid oz bottle with a fliptop. I poured it into a pint glass and was quite impressed by the dark brown amber color and thick, creamy, beige colored head. The lacing is exelent and smells of sweet roasted malt. The smell does not deceive as it is a true litely sweet, roasted malt flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel and a drinkability that invites another bottle to from the cooler. Great German beer with full body and flavor. I would indeed buy this beer again.

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Photo of scottoale
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a 500ml. brown bottle with swing-top and no freshness date. It pours a dark cola-brown with a big two-finger beige head that dwindled to an 1/8", leaving initial intricate lace.

Sweet malty nose with notes of dark overripe fruits and a boat load of alcohol. This brew certainly smells a lot stronger than the ABV of 7.2%...nothing wrong with that.

The taste is great...sweet, malty and fruity with the strong presence of alcohol really mixing things well. Nice balance with a clean and mild warming finish.

Good body, mild but ample carbonation give this brew a smooth and creamy, kind of fluffy mouthfeel...very nice.

Highly drinkable and a very good representation of this style IMO. When feeling like a Doppel, I wouldn't hesitate to buy this one again.

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Photo of ATPete
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage
500ml swing top bottle

A good seal lets a nice "POP" go when i flip the cage on the swing top bottle. The brew pours a light bending but still semi transparent red/mahogany color with a monster 2 finger beige head. Sweet woody and nutty malts directly upfront. Other notes include brown sugar, cinnamon, mint, baked and fresh apple, orange and other citrus notes. A lot going on here, definitely a well made, quality brew. Good balance through out, not overly sweet, and not cloying in the slightest. Good drinkability, the bottle took me about 5 minutes of play during a Devils game.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep Pours a depp brown, thick ruby color. Only a small head right after the pour, then quickly recedes to nothingness. The smell is a a mild, sweet roasted malt with small hints of dark fruits. The taste is a bit more tantilizingly sweet, roasted, and fruity. Starts with sweet roasted malts, then slowy moves to dark fruits, prunes, figs, and very light maraschino syrup. The palte is very smooth, a little sugary, and deeply malty. Great, drinkable beer for 7.2%.

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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a good doppelbock with an interesting blend of spices, hops and malt. The malt is strong and thick, nice and proper for a doppelbock. There's a little bit too much alcohol flavor. It's not bad, but it could be a bit more warming and less vodka. The nose is pretty good. There are some earthy metallic hops. The flavors are honey, chocolate, spicy, caramel and earthy hops. The feel is pretty good, but it's not exceptional, like some of the top doppelbocks. On the other hand, it's very drinkable. I blended it with Tetley's English Ale and that turned out very well, like an interestingly creamy bock.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Label reads 07 L264 M3...maybe the 264th day of 2007 (August?), who knows.

Pours from the .5L a dark brown, but is a dark transparent crimson in the light. Two fingers of light tan foam rise and fall, maintaining a healthy skim.

Bready aroma with banana esters, underlying licorice, and a tiny bit of mysterious spice.

Lightly sweet, bready and malty, fairly full-bodied with a good hop bitterness towards the end into the finish. Lingering tobacco leaf, wood, and dark chocolate. A minor note of grain is there in the back, but it's not unpleasant.

Carbonation is balanced, although it seems to lose a little after a few swirls. Light stickiness on the lips, but not too sweet by any means. Robust and full, a perfect winter choice for a snowy night.

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Photo of rodney45
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark. Scary opaque. If held up to the light im convinced there is a small demon swimming around. He's red. Head doesnt stay around long.

S: I get a hint of fruit, almost pomegranate. Malty, somewhat of a rye smell. Hints of chocolate, and toasted crystal malt.

T: This beer is all malt, really smooth, and i mean i cant find any hops. Its a caramel, or crystal malt too... I like it... but a hop head wouldnt get anything from this. It feels like a porter, drinks like a stout, but they call it a doppelbock... crazy Germans. My favorite part of this beer is the fact that unlike so many other german bock's, it has no astringent flavor. Very good representation of the style.

M: Very velvety, and smooth. I cant find the alcohol. But like many of the imperial stouts, dopples and quads ITS THERE.

D: Dangerously drinkable. I could put back the whole bomber and not notice it. (shhh I just did)

Hard to find, but if you can its a good value German doppelbock. Its a good first if you've never tried the style.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz swingtop bottle
Pours very dark brown with a reddish hue. Head is a pretty tan color that lasts a while and then goes to a nice skim.
Smells of Malt, some cane sugar, caramel and dark fruit.
Tastes of Malt sweetness and prunes.
Very smooth beer. Medium bodied and rich.
Very nice sipper. Interesting without being too complex.

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Photo of rallison
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a very nice 1/2 liter swing top bottle into a Delirium Tremens chalice.

A: Dark brown/black with a 1/2 finger head that recedes to some lacing and a ring around the glass.

S: Sweet dark fruits. Slightly yeasty. So far, this seems pretty good.

T: Dark fruits are complemented by a slightly spicy yeast bite. Somewhat vinous with some notes of molasses. Overall, a tasty flavor profile.

M: Low to medium carbonation with a nice richness that doesn't become too overbearing.

D: I'd say this drinks nicely. Yes, yes it does.

Recommended. One of the better (but not the best) doppelbocks I've had the pleasure of enjoying. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 liter bottle into a 1 liter stein. This bottle seemed too large until I found the right vessel, then it was merely 2 glasses of beer.

Looks dark with some light. Smells of malt and plight. Roast and coffee on the tongue, hints of kitten fur, vinous fruit and plum. Bitterness and tannins are in the cue, yet this is a smooth, quaffable brew. The body is medium-full; hell the kitten character is not but a purr. Two liters of this stuff is not enough to keep me playing the devil's scale dawn through dusk.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a beer that keeps it simple with the full on potential of becoming complex. I'll keep it simple too; 4's down the board. So sexy sitting idely in a red wine glass, so beconing with its porter-esque smell, so satisfying with its medium body taste. Can you say, "chocolate and toffee." Great, now "crisp". Beautiful. And finally "Mocha-choca-latta." You got it.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL German swing-top bottle with a batch code on the back; roughly one year old. Pours a deep, dark brownish red with dark scarlet highlights - just a tick lighter than a porter - with a few particulates, low carbonation, and a quarter inch of tan head that eventually recedes, and doesn't do much lacing. Rich and malty sweet nose contributes raisins, cherries and a big dose of prunes. Big and malty on the palate as well, lightly sweet, with prunes, milk chocolate, toasted and roasted malts, and hops that bring a light leafiness and mild bitterness. Lightly oxidized as well, with more paper than cardboard and, surprisingly, not all that distracting. The body is smooth, tongue-drying, with low carbonation and a medium finish. This is a very easygoing dopplebock that hides its alcohol well. Delicious and worth a try.

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Photo of morimech
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a large off-white head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface. The aroma consists of dark fruit with some graininess unfortunately covering up the malt. The flavor starts sweet with the taste of plums and dates and finishes slightly bitter. Not cloying at all. Alcohol is not detected. The body is medium with low carbonation. Nice creamy texture compliments this beer nicely. A good doppelbock but not one of the greats in the style. Nice winter beer to have on a cold night.

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Photo of taigor
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass.

A - Dark amber with huge white head that slowly dissipates leaving slight lacing.

S - Mostly yeast with barley but there are also slight hints of rye and wheat.

T - Right away it is bitter with bready aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with significant carbonation.

D - Good drinkability; just what I expected from this winterbier dopplebock.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful head that recedes so slowly that it forms foamy rocks and lots of thick lace on the glass. The color is dark, dark brown where very little light gets through

Good chocolate ice cream aroma--obviously malty, carmelized raisins, flowery.

Rich, almost like chicken soup broth, and very low carbonation. Sweet from malt sugars; this has some lactose milkiness to it as well. The finish has just enough hop to provide interest.

In the world of bocks, this could be a new favorite of mine. It is very easy to drink and provides enough complexity to keep it interesting.

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Photo of crossovert
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 liter growler flip top.

It pours beautifully into my 1 liter dimpled mug. It is a deep, dark brown, looks black int eh big vessel, and a unique brownish tan head.

The smell is super malty. A nice dark doppelbock. It is sweet with some cocoa and caramel. There is an alcoholic twang and also some subtle dark fruits. It is big and bold, i like it.

The initial gulp is quite flavorful, one of the sweeter, more flavorful doppelbocks. It is thick with molasses, cocoa, dark bread, some licorice, and dark fruit. It is just a looong quaff of malt. IT is a flavor deeper than you will usually come across.

The mouthfeel is full and thick, but perhaps lacks a bit of carbonation. It is a mouth full of flavor.

I have to lower drinkability a little bit because the sweetness is tiring after a while.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, opaque, with a huge head.

Rich malty smell with just a kiss of chocolate.

Same rich malty start with more chocolate than the smell. Also a little nuttiness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Pretty full-bodied. Not chewy, but definitely full and rich.

A pretty tasty beer overall, but I don't see myself tracking this one down again.

Tasted on 2/21/08.

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Photo of koolchas
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from swing top bottle that made a nice "pop" sound on the open. dark in color with a initial thick head that quickly dissolved.

nice balanced spices with fruit and very crisp. i was expecting it to more "thick," but it's not. leaves a peppery spice aftertaste in the mouth.

a very enjoyable and refreshing winter brew. unlike other winter brews i've had this season so far, this is one that can almost be a session style for me since the mouthfeel was so light and crisp.


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Photo of steveh
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice flip top bottle, pours a deep, black walnut color with ruby highlights -- when held to the light, very light tan head next to the inky color of the beer.

Earthy malt nose, some spicy alcohol. Rich, toasted malts with some slightly roasted (burned) character coming through, mild dark fruits, finishing with the alcohol spiciness and bitter hops back -- lingering earthy aftertaste.

Medium body with a slick mouth-feel.

Not the Optimator or Salvator clone I was expecting, but as I drink some more I sort of wonder why I should have? This is an interesting Doppel from a new-to-me brewery, it doesn't need to clone anyone. I like it a lot and would recommend it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64 ounce swing top bottle (gonna be a refillable growler in its next life) $14.99 from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours darker amber, clear, with a medium khaki head, moderate volume,frothy with nice retention shown and then a fine and minor film. Respectable bits of slippery lacing and light sheeting left on the glass. Malty, dark bread nose. Tasty, malty brew. Lots more bready notes, dark caramel, vanilla, toffee, light mocha latte light smoke and milk chocolate notes wafting around in the rear and adding to the complexity. Quite dry and snappy in the finish. Quite an enjoyable fall/winter time sipper. Reading some other reviewers with less favorable impressions, perhaps I got a fresher sample, cuz this one tasted pretty darn good.

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Altenmünster Winterbier Dopplebock from Allgäuer Brauhaus AG
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